Alison Knowles and James Tenney - A House of Dust, 1967
Hannah Higgins and Douglas Kahn, ed. – Mainframe Experimentalism: Early Computing and the Foundations of the Digital Arts, University of California Press, 2012
A House of Dust, the first computer generated poem, was created by Knowles and Tenney with the Siemens 4004 in 1967. An actual House of Dust was build in the early 1970s at CalArts to host readings of the text and other events (b&w pictures). A page from this work was used on the cover of Mainframe Experimentalism in 2012 (pictured top).
A house of dust, in a hot climate, using all available lighting, inhabited by all races of men represented, wearing predominantly red clothing,
A house of broken dishes, on the sea, using natural light, inhabited by vegetarians.
Crash Worship – Lundi Gras performance at RC Bridge Lounge, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1993
Like fellow noisicians Survival Research Laboratories, Crash Worship was a band whose potential never fully materialized on disc. This amazing short clip from a 1993 voodoo-inspired performance shows how their use of powerful drumming and fire is rooted in the egungun ancestor worship and a Power and Domination gris-gris celebration.
Jean Tinguely – BrunnenMarsch, Basel, Switzerland, 1977
For the inauguration of Tinguely’s Fasnachtsbrunnen, or Carnival Fountain in Basel in 1977, several marching bands named “Cliques”, typical from Basel’s traditional carnival, played the local Guggemusik and marched in town in all kinds of weird costumes. A special march, titled BrunnenMarsch, or March of the Fountain, was composed by Lukas Burckhardt with lyrics by Otto Wick, and several scores provided for drums, fifes and vocals.
Images from Der Tinguely-Brunnen in Basel, by Annemarie Monteil, published by Birkhäuser Verlag, Basel, Switzerland, 1980.